This was a real case of happy mail for me, a box filled with 6 summery items that I couldn't wait to try out!
First up, Starbucks DoublesShot Espresso. I'm a big coffee lover and can't get my day started without at least 1 cup so this was perfect for me and tasted soooooo good.
The Carabao Green Apple energy drink wasn't for me. I just didn't like the tatste but did appreciate it's lower sugar content at just 63 calories a can.
The Cheeky Panda tissues were perfect because I'm always looking for new ways to be eco-friendly and these are so soft on your face!
The Rhubarb and Custard RetroCorn was delicious (they were my favourite sweets as a kid) but the Italian Stallion flavour wasn't really my cup of tea as I don't usually go for savoury popcorn anyway.
The final item was the Drgn Tumeric Superdrink, and I liked that it didn't have caffeine in it and it was very refreshing, but the taste just wasn't quite right for me to drink it often. I would be interested in other flavours though!
Anyone else get a Triyit box? Let me know what you thought!
So on the off-chance that you noticed I haven't been around much lately, here's the reason why. I just couldn't. And that covered almost everything in my life, but especially blogging.
As someone who already struggles with depression and anxiety, burnout is an old friend, but it hit me hard this time around.
I had no interest in even putting on makeup, nevermind buying it and reviewing it for you guys.
I cancelled both my Pink Parcel and Birchbox subscriptions because they were simply sitting unused on my desk (which wasn't getting much action either).
It's been difficult.
But, I think and I hope, that I'm back now, at least a little bit. I'm wearing makeup for the first time in ages, I'm dressed in something other than workout clothes and my brain isn't a buzzing foggy mess.
So what's it going to look like here on lifeappears.com in the foreseeable future? Well, I'm not going to restart the two subscription boxes I've already mentioned but I am aiming to try out at least one new (to me) subscription box a month, it might be books, tea or gardening focussed, who knows! I'm hoping to write more openly about my issues with both a chronic physical illness and mental health problems, and how I deal with them.
Basically, I'm hoping to lift some of the pressure I was feeling and just making the blog a happy place again!
Know a subscription box or product I should feature? Let me know. Got a book recommendation? Tell me! I want to talk to you guys more so even just a quick hello in the comments or over on instagram/twitter would be a good way to start, right?
See you soon.
Moving house to the next street is one thing but moving long-distance is completely another. Yes, all moves are stressful, that’s not something that you can argue with, but the fact is that moving further afield is increasingly stressful as there’s a lot more that comes with this kind of move, there’s a lot more that needs to be done.
Bearing that in mind, below are some tips and pieces of advice for making moving interstate as seamless as possible.
Hire the right movers
One of the most important factors when it comes to orchestrating a long-distance move is to ensure that you are using the right moving team. What you want to do is choose a team that is experienced when it comes to moving house and know what they are doing. The fact is that moving is always going to be stressful but having the right team on hand to help can make the moving process far less stressful and much simpler and easier.
Ask around for movers that your friends, family and colleagues would recommend. It’s important that when it comes to choosing a moving team that you find a team that not only understands your needs and is able to offer you the move that you need but also falls within your price range. The good news is that there are lots of budget-friendly movers, it’s just a case of finding them, that’s all.
Be smart about furniture
If you have any large pieces of furniture or valuable pieces that you don’t want your movers moving, then you might want to consider using a specialist service to ship these items to your new home. There are plenty of reliable and affordable furniture delivery services around that you can choose from, it’s just a case of finding the one that is the right fit for you and your personal needs.
Plan, plan, plan
When it comes to your move, it’s essential that you plan every detail out. From having a packing time scale to colour coding the boxes, it’s essential that you are clued up about every detail of your move. The more organised you are when it comes to moving from your old home to your new one, the more seamlessly your move will go.
Not sure how to plan for your move? Don’t panic as there are plenty of useful resources online, including a wide range of tick lists and cheat sheets that you can take advantage of to help make the moving process a less stressful one.
Arrive when your items do
When moving long-distance, there is nothing more stressful than arriving before your items do. There’s little that you can do in a house with no furniture, bedding or cooking utensils is there? So it makes sense to plan to arrive at your new home when your items do. This might mean staying with family for a few days or booking a hotel, but if doing so makes the moving process less stressful and more enjoyable then it is worthwhile.
There you have it, a guide to all of the most crucial tips when it comes to moving long-distance.
Kitchen extensions are a very popular way to modernise a more traditional home, with many families opting to swap an old, poky kitchen for a big, beautiful, multi-functional family space. If you’re planning an extension to create a kitchen that will become the heart of your home, try out some of these ideas.
Tidy house, tidy mind, we’ve all heard the saying. But for how many of us is it the truth? Busy jobs and busy home lives can make it difficult to keep on top of things, which can create a bit of mess in your home. It can be a challenge to get yourself organised, but achieving this will help you to regain control for a more harmonious home.
Get your home organised with some of the following tips.
Get a calendar going
Do you always forget birthdays or let important dates sneak up on you last minute? Perhaps it’s time to get a calendar. You’ve got a couple of options for your calendar, including an online calendar you can sync everyone’s phones too, or even a classic wall calendar you can keep in the kitchen to remind you of all the important dates that are coming up. Start filling it in and using it properly to help you stay on top of all of those key dates and appointments.
Make a cleaning schedule
Cleaning is another thing that can be difficult to stay on top of when you’re always rushing around. If you can’t afford a cleaner, then you’re going to need to make a cleaning schedule instead. You can help to create the perfect cleaning schedule by getting a list of all the tasks that need doing and then deciding when they need to be done. If you can’t afford to spend several hours cleaning on the weekend to get your home in shape, divide it up throughout the week to help you tackle a little bit at a time.
If you need some extra help keeping your home in order, take out these tips for home maintenance that helps ease the workload for a cleaner, neater home.
Budget and sort your bills
Not having a good grasp of your finances can be another way to leave your home in chaos. Do you always check your bank balance in fear? Or find that your money is tighter than it should be each month? A budget planner could help you out. Using a budget planner can help you organise all of your outgoings and ensure that you know exactly when your bills are due and how much they’re for.
If some bills seem a little high, why not try bringing them down? You might be able to move to a cheaper supplier or even get a better deal from your current one to help you make some more room in your budget!
Save for the important things
Staying organised with your finances can help you plan for the bigger things. Christmas, birthdays and holidays are all things that you can plan for in advance to help you manage your finances better. By putting a little money away each month, you’ll know that these things are always covered. Using a budgeting app can also help you to squirrel away a bit of money each month so that you can save small amounts quietly that can soon make a big difference to your savings pot.
Stocking up on the essentials can stop you from running out of important things. Isn’t it annoying when there’s no loo roll in the house or you have no tea bags left? Knowing which things to stock up on and buy in bulk can help you feel more organised, and could even save you money. Getting yourself a Costco card or similar is a great idea to help give you access to bulk products, or even buying on Amazon can help make sure you’ve got everything you need.
This can also apply to more practical things like buying firewood or domestic oil tanks. If you know you’re going to need something, don’t put off buying it for another time when your finances might be tighter, get yourself organised so that you’ve got what you need, when you need it.
Plan your meals
Do you want to eat healthier, spend less and waste less food? Then meal planning could be a great solution for you. Meal planning is a good way to help you plan the weekly shop and stops you wondering what to cook for dinner each night. There are some great meal planning tips that you can use to help you get started and ensure that the food in your fridge is always used up.
Meal planning can also be a good excuse for batch-cooking meals to have at home. This can let you freeze some bits so that you can have a stash of healthy homemade ready-meals in your freezer ready to use when you’re in a hurry or you don’t feel like cooking.
Have a regular clear outA regular clear out can be the answer to keeping your home looking fresh and neat so that you don’t constantly have to worry about clutter or not being able to find anything that you’re looking for. Decluttering your home can be quite therapeutic, and make it easy for you to get rid of things that you no longer need like clothing or brick-a-brack.
There are many options available to you when it comes to getting rid of your unwanted items. While there’s always eBay or Facebook Marketplace if you want to make a bit of money from your items, you can also donate your unwanted things to charity shops - especially if they’re in a good condition. Recycling is also another option, especially for damaged clothing - H&M and TK Maxx are just two stores that will take your unwanted clothes and do some good with them.
Being more organised with your home takes some work, but it’s work worth doing to save you time and money in the long-run. Get started now by making a list of what you can do to clean up your act and your home. With a more organised home, you’ll have more time for everything else and can focus on enjoying your home instead.